Two big name New York Republicans are teaming up to help Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi raise campaign cash.
Donald Trump, the real estate developer and reality TV host, and Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, at the “special guests” at Friday’s event.
It’s being held at the swankiest of swank locations: the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
George Sheldon, one of the Democrats seeking his party’s nomination to challenge Bondi, demanded that she return a previous $25,000 Trump contribution and cancel the Friday fundraiser.
“Pam Bondi seems to care more about raising money for her campaign than preserving the public trust in the Office of the Attorney General,” Sheldon said in a written statement Monday.
He said it was wrong that Bondi’s office didn’t join a lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general alleging a Trump corporation defrauded New Yorkers and Floridians of more than $40 million through expensive seminars at what was known as Donald Trump University.
“Maybe Trump did nothing wrong. But when the Attorney General takes the continuing big-dollar support from Donald Trump and his rich friends, people can’t have confidence in any decision she makes, Sheldon wrote.
Besides the big-name New Yorkers, there’s a long host committee for Friday’s event, with all sorts of ties.
•Anita Mitchell, chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party.
•Peter Feaman, Palm Beach County’s state Republican committeeman and the state’s national committeeman.
•Pepe Fanjul Jr. and Gaston Cantens of Florida Crystals.
•The Fort Lauderdale-based law firm Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Kalinsky, Abate & Webb (one of many lobbying shops on the list.)
•Former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, chief strategy officer at the Tsamoutales Strategies lobbying and consulting firm and his wife Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos.
Also on the list:
Capital City Consulting
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Finance Chairman Mike Hightower
Ambassador John Rood
Also on Monday, Perry Thurston, the other Democrat seeking the nomination to challenge Bondi, reported he raised $67,098 from the beginning of February until the start of the legislative session. He said that brings the total raised to nearly $100,000.
“Florida deserves an Attorney General who will work for the middle class and protect consumers not someone who works to protect special interests and Governor Scott’s political interests, Thurston said in a statement.Copyright © 2015, CT Now